08/04/15 9:56pm

In addition to this cat lost in the Kingston Ave area of Taylor Run, ‘Sukie’ (see below) was lost about two weeks ago in the Moncure Drive area of Taylor Run as well. I ran into Sukie’s Mom this evening during National Night Out and she passed along the photo and information below. She is offering a reward for his safe return.

If you see Sukie, please call the number below. Click on the image for a larger view.


08/04/15 9:26pm

Reyam Abed was last seen Monday afternoon

AbedReyamThe Alexandria Police Department is asking for your assistance in locating Ms. Reyam Abed. She was last seen in the 5300 Block of Essex Court around 3:00 PM on August 3, 2015.

Ms. Abed is a 23-year-old white female, 5’6”, 120 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. Ms. Abed’s family is concerned for her welfare and would like information about her whereabouts.

If you see her or have any information regarding her location, please contact the Police Department immediately at 703.746.4444.

08/04/15 4:25pm
Wegmans Dulles

Wegmans Dulles by _BuBBy_, on Flickr

Result of ‘Fill the Bus’ Food Drive in Md. and Va. Stores

Wegmans Food Market customers in Md. and Va. donated 81,894 pounds of food during a two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive to support local food banks’ increased summer needs. From Sunday, June 21 through Saturday, July 4, customers were invited to help “Fill the Bus” by donating non-perishable items that provide healthy meal options for children when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

“We sincerely thank our customers and employees for their caring and generous response to help reduce hunger in local neighborhoods,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy. “These donations translate to more than 68,000 meals during this time of increased need.”

Service desks at the 14 participating stores posted wish lists of non-perishable items intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, like tuna fish, peanut butter, and canned soup. Products to donate were also displayed by the registers and could be purchased at checkout and then placed in a “Fill the Bus” collection bin located by the front of the store.

Donations were collected and transported to the food banks that partner with each store, remaining in the immediate community. The Alexandria-area Wegmans store donated 1,600 pounds of food to the Capital Area Food Bank.

08/04/15 4:06pm

As a publisher of a new media company, I often find myself stressed when getting things posted on time. It is NOTHING compared to being a firefighter though, a job that has the top ranking of the most stressful jobs in America according to CareerCast’s annual roundup of the most stressful jobs of 2015.

In case you were wondering, yes Police Officer’s made the list but actors? This I am not so sure about. What say you?

As we say often on this blog, if you see a firefighter or police officer in uniform around Alexandria, be sure to thank them for their service. To all of our first responders, thank you for all you do.

08/04/15 3:45pm

Modera Tempo, the 360 unit mixed-use apartment complex at South Van Dorn Street and South Pickett Street in the Van Dorn neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, is about to have a new retail tenant.

The retail portion of the complex, home to Smashburger, and soon-to-open Jimmy John’s and Starbucks, will also have the long-awaited Portner Brewhouse as a tenant the company announced in an email earlier today. The Brewhouse will be located at 5772 Dow Avenue in Alexandria.

The Brewhouse is planning to open in June 2016. To learn more about the Portner’s and the concept, visit this link.

08/04/15 1:51pm

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
There’s no question that the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia is a landmark. The Memorial, at the intersection of King Street and Callahan Drive, towers above Alexandria’s Old Town neighborhood and is the distinguishing characteristic of Alexandria’s skyline.

Today, there’s no question that it’s a national one, too.

The Alexandria Memorial to George Washington was one of four awarded the designation by the National Park Service today. The announcement, which coincides with the 262nd anniversary of George Washington’s third degree Masonic ceremony, was made this morning by United States Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. The designation recognizes sites that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

It is the 121st landmark to receive such a designation in Virginia and the sixth one from Alexandria.

Can you name the other five in Alexandria without looking at the link?

“The Memorial’s importance within the Masonic Fraternity has been long understood,” said Shawn Eyer, the Memorial’s Director of Communications and Development. “We are delighted that the Memorial is now being recognized as national historic landmark. It is both an impressive local landmark and a striking achievement of Harvey Wiley Corbett, one of the twentieth century’s foremost architects.”

The Memorial is a museum, open to the public for tours and general admission daily. It is also an active Masonic Temple, housing Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 and Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 120. In 1788, George Washington served as the Charter Master of of Alexandria’s Lodge No. 22, and the collection of Washington artifacts preserved by that lodge forms the basis for many of the exhibits available in the Memorial today. The Memorial is also a popular local venue for concerts and special events.

The other three National Historic Landmarks named today are:

  • Lafayette Park in Detroit, MI
  • First Peoples Buffalo Jump in Cascade County, Mont.
  • Red Rocks Park and Mt. Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Jefferson County, Colo.

Learn more about the Memorial at this link.

(Flickr Pool photo by Ruben Picon-Feliciano, on Flickr)